Hour Mural was a community art project I initiated and completed
in collaboration with the teenagers of Hour Children.
The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
The Hour Mural is a 77 foot X 6 foot mural housed beside
Saint Rita's Church at 36-11 12th street in Long Island City, NY 11106.
Hour Children is a not-for-profit agency that works to end the cycle of
intergenerational incarceration in families affected by incarceration.
I started volunteering with Hour Children during weekly meetings
with the Teen Program in May 0f 2015
It was during those afterschool meetings that we
designed "Hour Mural" to tell the story of Hour Children
in the teens own words.
Hour Mural was painted on Thanksgiving weekend (2015) when over 40 members
of the community came together to paint and complete the project
in one truly amazing day.
I continue to both volunteer and make art with the teens.
After completing the mural I initiated and am teaching a
weekly art class for the teen program.
I am incredibly grateful to Kellie Phelan and Sister Tesa
and the amazing staff and families at Hour Childrne
for their continued support and blessings.